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FRONTLINE; Public Lands and Private Profits


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Public Lands and Private Profits
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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This program examines the gold mining industry which is in the midst of a boom bigger than the 1849 California gold rush and is still regulated by a 1872 federal law that allows mining companies to extract billions of dollars in public minerals virtually for free. The program looks at the call for a congressional reforms to halt environmental disasters and taxpayer giveaways. Correspondent Robert Krulwich surveys the impact of mining activities and focuses on the pitched political fight over control of mineral resources, like gold and silver, on public lands.



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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Public Lands and Private Profits,” 05/24/1994, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DFABC4B3F18C45ADBD9D75D001C5C6EE.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Public Lands and Private Profits.” 05/24/1994. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 19, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DFABC4B3F18C45ADBD9D75D001C5C6EE>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Public Lands and Private Profits. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DFABC4B3F18C45ADBD9D75D001C5C6EE
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